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August, 2012


August 9, 2012 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

It was a wet and gloomy day. The 6 year-old looked out at the torrents of rain that were streaming from the dark gray gloomy sky that were spoiling the European summer and wet down some of the Olympic events. In Asia, it was far worse. The tropical rain storms went on for days, the rivers […]


Keeping children safe in the Church

August 6, 2012 ·  ,

(Vatican Radio) Helping survivors of sexual abuse. Ensuring that children are safe in the Church. And supporting religious congregations in their safeguarding endeavours. Those are three key concerns outlined in a new report from Britain’s National Catholic Safeguarding Commission which was published in London on Tuesday. While the fourth annual report highlights many positive developments […]


Mother of two tells of her experience at Preda.

August 6, 2012 · 

August  2012 Dear Fr. Shay , Firstly, i want to thank you for allowing me to come and stay at PREDA. Prior to coming, i was very unsure of how i would feel when meeting the children and reading about their history. I was surprised by reaction. I didn’t cry once which is very unusual […]


Atlanta's faith community unites to tackle sexual exploitation of kids

August 3, 2012 ·  , Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service ,

NORCROSS, Ga. (CNS) — Crystal Ward works hard helping people to think in new ways about the commercial sex industry and its victims. Young girls being forced to sell themselves for sex are not prostitutes, she told a group of 30 church leaders from throughout metropolitan Atlanta; the girls are victims of sexual exploitation in […]


Woman mentors girls to save them from becoming victims of trafficking.

August 3, 2012 ·  ,

ATLANTA (CNS) — The girls Keisha Head mentors today remind her of herself 15 or 20 years ago. They are from the margins: runaways from tough family circumstances, truant from school or on probation from the Fulton County Juvenile Court for one offense or another. And all are potential targets of predators looking to commercially […]


Violence and child abuse, red alert in Sri Lanka

August 3, 2012 ·  , Melani Manel Perera, Colombo (AsiaNews via CNUA),-red-alert-in-Sri-Lanka-25366.html

Colombo (AsiaNews) – It is red alert in Sri Lanka as incidents of violence, rapes and child abuse continues to grow: from January 2012, 975 cases were registered by the police and 20 thousand complaints received by the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA). One of the last episodes that made headlines, concerns a 13 year […]


The Rich Grow Richer, the Poor Poorer

August 3, 2012 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

Margie was just a young woman, about 23, freshly trafficked and lured from the province to the Philippine sex industry in Angeles city with the promise of earning money as a waitress to help her family.  Still innocent in the ways of the lustful officials, sex tourists and bar operators, she applied last 25th June for a work […]



August 2, 2012 · 

Dear Minister, As we were in the Republic of Philippines last august for a visit, we were all very impressed by your engagement and determination to introduce and enforce the  change  of the system of justice, and the correctional system. It is a special concern to you, as it is to us, to obey children […]


Ten Building Blocks of Catholic Social Teaching

August 1, 2012 ·  By William J. Byron, S.J, FEBRUARY 16, 2009, America The National Catholic Weekly Magazine,

Principles, once internalized, lead to something. They prompt activity, impel motion, direct choices. A principled person always has a place to stand, knows where he or she is coming from and likely to end up. Principles always lead the person who possesses them some­where, for some purpose, to do something, or choose not to. In […]


No to COAL July 27, 2012

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